As you can see, this is another one of my cheerful, optimistic messages. But I think the basic message bears repeating.
We are at the end of a long process, where we thought we were making ourselves better and better (since our technology was getting better and better) but this made us less and less satisfied with being human. And we eventually went so far as to revolt against being human – since being human was so inferior – and even disgusting.
This was the familiar problem of the dangerous other – but the other had become us.
In other words, this was a problem of identity – what we identified with. And by concentrating for so long on making our precious things better, we naturally came to see the process of eternal improvement as the right way – and could not help but notice that improving people seemed to be nearly impossible. What other conclusion could we draw?
The answer, of course – is that we could have noticed that we were the ones doing all this improving. But our attention had been directed outward – towards the things being perfected – not inward, towards ourselves.
The result was paradoxical. We identified with our things, and thought they make us better – but rejected the human part of this mix – the most important part by far.
What we have here is a problem of attention – and what we are attending to. As humans we have always had the tendency to become enraptured of our own creations – and neglecting ourselves by comparison. In the last several hundred years this tendency has become rampant – with disastrous consequences.
This was bad enough, but a side-effect of this was much worse – we became unable to notice that this was happening. We became obsessed with wonderfulness – and could not notice anything else. Such as what was really going on. We only noticed what we thought was going on – which was a illusion on a global scale.
What do people do when they are faced with a situation like this? They stop being - to their minds, the only solution. Although I should clarify that – they decide to become like everyone else. And not be themselves – the normal human situation. This results in a tyranny of the masses. Which can easily be observed in any office – by anyone with the eyes to see – which is almost no one.
The world is now owned by the masses – who are nobodies (literally no-bodies). Take it from me – because you will not see this anywhere else.
This was certainly true of my father’s generation – who thought they were giving us everything – when in fact they were giving us nothing – in the way of being human. To this day, this makes me furious. This was hypocrisy on a grand scale. They gave us nothing but a broken world – and then had the nerve to brag about it.